Spalding United’s youth academy and community project has taken another step forward with the formation of a girls’ team.
This takes the number of youth teams operating under the Tulips banner to 12, offering football to aspiring players from the age of seven to 15.
The new girls’ under-15 team is an amalgam of players from Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School and Bourne Academy.
Although the girls have played competitively for their schools, they have not played together as a team.
With their involvement with the Tulips, this season they have been entered into the S-Tech League which centres around Cambridgeshire and that county’s borders.
The new team, which is managed by Chris Mitchell, began training as a unit in March.
He said: “They have shown great progress.
“We would not have entered them into a league if we did not think they were good enough.
“We have a large squad but would like to expand our numbers as it would be great to enter two teams into a league in the future.”
Mitchell and his helpers are planning two full-scale training sessions this month and an evening event at the Sir Halley Stewart Field as a meet and greet occasion with a barbeque. The management team are also enrolling for the FA Level One coaching badge and also a first aiders course.
Anyone interested in joining the team can e-mail email@example.com